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St. Anthony’s West Central Iowa Area Health Education Center (WCI AHEC) Receives Funding

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Currently WCI AHEC serves 14 counties in western Iowa (Carroll, Calhoun, Audubon, Shelby, Harrison, Monona, Ida, Sac, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Cherokee, Woodbury, and Plymouth); however, receipt of the new grant designates a 17 county service area.

The mission of WCI AHEC is to establish community and academic partnership to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals.  Since July 2009, the WCI AHEC program has provided healthcare recruitment education opportunities to 33 K-12 community school districts in 11 community hospitals and three community colleges. Recruitment activities involve students in hands-on activities in the hospital or simulation settings so that students get a real experience of healthcare careers.

The WCI AHEC coordinates with Des Moines University, University of Iowa, UNMC, Briar Cliff University, Creighton University, and other colleges; placing future doctors in rural areas to complete required clinical rotations. Many of the students are from western Iowa and have discovered that returning to work in a rural area has many benefits. “The premise of the program is to grow our own healthcare providers for rural Iowa,” Sharon Meyers, WCI AHEC Executive Director.

The staff at WCI AHEC strives to give students the chance to do clinical rotations in rural Iowa with the intention that they will return to practice in our communities when they have finished their program and residency.

Since its inception in 2007, the Iowa AHEC Program has provided programs and activities to more than 8,500 students. For more information about the Iowa AHEC Program, visit

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401